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10/11/13
ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIMIT & CONTROL . . .
Filed under: General
Posted by: @ 5:56 am

Control imposes order from without by projecting the prede-
termined thought, conditioned by the past, of what should hap-
pen. The need to control invariably increases as the disorderly,
unexpected, side-effects of past efforts accumulate, which
results in ever-greater unnecessary difficulties or complicated-
ness. In contrast, limit allows order to emerge from within by
determining only what at any given moment should not hap-
pen. Limit is therefore open to the future, and tends strongly
towards ever-greater simplicity and freedom.

[NOTE: Control is a key feature of mechanical systems;
Limit is a key feature of natural systems.]

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